Almost all of the affected models are in the United States.
Ford will recall an additional 1.9 million vehicles in North America as part of the automaker’s expanded Takata airbag inflator replacement campaign. The models include the 2007-2010 Edge, 2006-2011 Fusion, 2005-2011 Mustang, 2007-2011 Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX, and North American-assembled units of the 2006-2011 MKZ, Zephyr, and Mercury Milan. Specifically, there are 1,896,443 affected vehicles in the United States, 1,304 in Canada, and 1 in Mexico.
These models contain passenger side airbag inflators without a desiccant, which is a substance that absorbs moisture. Research indicates long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity causes that parts’ ammonium-nitrate propellant to ignite too quickly during deployment, and the components can then burst. Not having a substance in the inflator to limit this problem could make the situation worse over time. Experts blame the ruptures for at least 13 deaths worldwide and over 100 injuries.
Ford is just the latest company to recall these parts. In early May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated that automakers replace 35 million to 40 million non-desiccated inflators in multiple phases by the end of 2019. On May 27, eight companies, including Subaru, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Nissan, Honda, Ferrari, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, announced details about their campaigns to fix the problem. Mercedes-Benz also added 200,000 vehicles in the United States to its recall a few days earlier.